What’s the Best Way To Cut the Cord?

Tell us how you cut the cord! Do you regret it?

Let me say how we did it.

We had Comcast Cable… paid about $50 a month in Equipment fees… that was the real motivation… no monthly equipment fees.
Already had Roku for streaming Prime etc.

Anyway, after reading reviews, signed up for the Youtube TV, 2 week free trial. Looked Promising, we tried to not use cable during the trial time… still not sure… so we paid for a month running parallel with cable. Liked it. 6 week trial convinced us. Stopped Cable at end of 6 weeks.

Let me add, we had our home phone with cable also… prices going up w/o the triple play, I had planned ahead and the phone had already been transferred to OOMA. OOma is not perfect but with 2 Cell phones, we are covered… just did not want to lose the number we have had for over 40 years.

We also switched internet to AT&T… price same but AT&T is unlimited… the price is the price. If you got the AT&T 1Gig service about $75/month you got HBOmax included. Not sure we need 1Gig or HBOmax.

May drop back to 400 service and drop the HBOmax.
With Comcast I had 200 service and not seeing much difference… but satisfied. We can run several TVs at once w/o problems.

I have not used Ooma but have heard differing opinions about their service.

Personally I moved my home phone to Voip.Ms and then have multiple choices. I can load an app on my cellphone to use my data or wifi plan to send and receive calls using that number. If I wanted, I could just forward those calls to another number or voicemail. I also have a physical Voip phone at home with multiple lines. The phone cost about $60 and Voip service is really cheap. Just to keep a telephone number cots about 85 cents a month. Calls are really cheap too.

If Ooma goes out of business or the service no longer suits you, you end up with hardware you cannot use with another service provider. That is why I chose hardware that can be used by perhaps hundreds of providers. I also use the same phone to call out and receive calls from the free service GoogleVoice.

Although I use Voip.Ms and GoogleVoice as my main providers, I also have an account at CallCentric and could use one of a hundred others, many at the same time.

Although Ooma is fairly simple to set up, I needed much more ability to block and control calls. Ooma also would charge me as a premium customer because they don’t offer telephone numbers in my state. otherwise I would have at least tried them.

As always, everyones mileage may differ.

As for television, one way is to use an antenna. We here on the Big Island of Hawaii have no local television. However, many people on the North West side can use an antenna to capture the TV repeaters on Maui (100+ miles away). Granted, there are few obstructions along that path however they get perfect reception. Go here and see if your location gets over the air channels. DTV Reception Maps | Federal Communications Commission

Then look into streaming channels. There are sites which can tell you what programs are available, where and if there is a cost. JustWatch Apps for mobile and Smart TVs

Check out services such as Roku (You can see what they offer using a browser and heading to https://roku.com). They have many channels and lots of programs. If you like Roku then you can either use a Roku TV (a TV with the app already installed) or you can buy a Roku device to attach to the TV via a HDMI cable. Other services Chrome and Apple might work for you.

Paid services like Netflix, Hulu and so on may fill in the gaps, but continue looking at free alternatives.

On my Roku TV (and available often through browsers or other services) are channels such as Crackle, Tubi, Plex, Popcornflix, The CW and the list goes on; hundreds to thousands of channels, many free and many look like a cable lineup channel. Yes for free there are often commercials but usually they are not too often or irritating.

There are ways to watch news programs from various cities and ways to watch previous broadcasts which have already aired.

I only pay for 2 channels and use a couple of paid channels my family shares with me.

Hi Lava,

It seems Repeaters and Auxiliary Transmitters are a thing of the past.
Rather than the TV station spending Money to provide Better Coverage, they leave it up to the Cable and Streamers to increase their Coverage and thereby increase their Ad rates.

And the FCC allows the Broadcast Stations to Charge the Cable/Streaming Providers to extend that Coverage which increases your cable/streaming rates.

Does that make sense to anyone.

You may be right, but we certainly are an exception, at least for now.

HPR (Hawaii Public Radio) has multiple translators to cover the state. Making Waves and the TV station transmitters (some moved). Note the rubber hose on the one photo, probably to help during earthquakes. ur island is the size of Connecticut but divided in half with giant volcanoes which block radio, TV and yeas even hurricanes.

Many of the radio stations here on my island have two transmitters, one on the east side and one on the west. The 14,000 volcanoes in the middle block FM and AM signals.

During a recent 6.8 quake followed by a 5.2 shortly thereafter, almost all TV and radio being received by us on the Big Island went down. We also lost Internet. We had to barely hear AM radio from 170 miles away. AM, FM and TV cannot penetrate many of the locations out here. We don’t even have a NOAA Weather Radio station available in case of issues because of the terrain. This is on an island which has tsunamis, heavy rainfall and massive earthquakes over 6.0 and we cannot depend upon emergency communications like them. (Washington Post) A major cold-season Kona storm system is bringing significant precipitation totals to Hawaii, including up to 25 inches of rain, a foot of mountain snow and hurricane-force winds on the summits of the Big Island. A rare blizzard warning was issued for Mauna Kea, whose nearly 14,000-foot summit was a winter wonderland over the weekend.

Ham radio can help but barely.

While many people rely upon cable, we are stuck if the cable goes down. We have had major outages of cable AND cellphones at the same time and assume that the interconnection is by cable and also cable to the other islands.

So you may be right, I disagree when it comes to our state at least.